Coming Soon - Recovery Café Longmont

Update


Lisa Searchinger has been named Executive Director and

Rhonda Curran has been named Director of Operations for

Recovery Café Longmont


Lisa Searchinger joined HOPE as executive director in 2013. Under her leadership, HOPE expanded program services to include overnight sheltering, increased the annual operating budget 120%, and quintupled the number of staff. Lisa received her Master of Nonprofit Management in 2011 from Regis University and possesses a depth of business as well as nonprofit management expertise. Previous professions include broadcast television production, communications management, and small business start-ups. She currently serves as vice president of the St. Vrain Community Council and on the executive board of the Human Services Alliance. Lisa is a long-time Colorado resident with extensive volunteer engagement and service in the Longmont community. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cycling, reading a good book and spending time with her husband, Brian, and two grown children.

 

Rhonda Curran joined HOPE as a street outreach volunteer in 2013. She was hired as staff in early 2017 in the position of program manager for street outreach. Her responsibilities included the implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of all activities of outreach services. Rhonda’s current position is development manager. In this position she works closely with the executive director in guiding the fundraising planning process and implementing fundraising activities. Responsibilities also include managing and administering the donor database. Rhonda holds a BA in economics with statistics from University of Connecticut and the Associate in Risk Management professional designation. She spent 30 years in the insurance and financial consulting business in varied positions: health insurance rater, actuarial analyst, and risk management consultant. In her spare time she enjoys reading, camping, and watching movies and spending time with her husband, David, and two grown daughters, Piper and Tyne.


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The Core Leadership Group - Rhonda Curran, Lisa Searchinger, David Barker, Terry Barker, Lawson Drinkard, Donna Ferrey, Karen Kruse, and Steve Kukic - will be traveling to Seattle for training October 18-19, 2018.  Please be in prayer for this group as they travel to Seattle for this training.


If you wish to support Recovery Café Longmont financially make checks payable to CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church and note that the contribution is to support Recovery Café Longmont.  Donations can also be made online by credit card.  Click here to make a donation (choose Recovery Café Longmont from the pull down menu).

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Recovery Café Longmont is part of the Recovery Café Network, a group of over 15 Recovery Cafés in communities all over the United States.  While each Café subscribes to the mission, vision, and guiding principles of the original Café in Seattle, each Café reflects the particular needs of its community.


While Recovery Café Longmont is being founded by CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church, it will represent the collective efforts of a number of community partners and will operate apart from the church as a separate 501(c)(3) human services non-profit.  Receiving services from or participating in the Café is open to all regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity.


What is Recovery Café? 

  • A community of women and men who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges coming to know we are loved and that we have gifts to share.

At Recovery Café… You Matter & You Are Loved

  • We believe that every human being is precious, worthy of love and belonging, and deserves opportunities to fulfill his or her potential regardless of past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors or mistakes made.
  • Whether in crisis, newer to recovery, in long-term recovery, after a relapse, during a difficult life change, or mental health transition, the Café is a place of support and stability for all individuals seeking to break the cycle of destruction and despair.

At Recovery Café… Our Community Fosters Stability, Healing, & Recovery

  • Without ongoing recovery support, the challenge of maintaining stability in mental health, relationships, housing and employment and breaking cycles of destruction may feel nearly impossible.
  • We provide a beautiful, safe, warm, drug and alcohol-free space and loving community to anchor people in the sustained recovery they need to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education and employment.

At Recovery Café… Our Model Transforms Lives

  • Recovery Café was founded in 2003 as a direct response to the critical, unmet need of long-term recovery support for those who suffer on the margins – forgotten or ignored.
  • Over the past ten years, we have continued to improve and expand our programming and services to build a holistic, person-centered system of care – backed by evidence-based best practices – that engages individuals for a lifetime of managing their disease and empowers them to build a life that realizes their full potential.
  • Learn more about our History and nationally-recognized Model.

Our Work


Recovery Café was founded on the knowledge that every human being is precious and beloved regardless of past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors or mistakes made. We provide a beautiful, safe, warm, drug and alcohol free space and loving community to anchor Members (our most closely-supported consumers) in the sustained recovery needed to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education and employment.

Our program is designed to help people maintain recovery, reduce relapse and fulfill their potential. Important elements of this work include:

  • A healing milieu with free, nutritious meals, coffee, tea and lattes, birthday celebrations, Open Mic nights, access to a computer lab, daily encouragement and a robust delivery of the message YOU MATTER.
  • Small, loving accountability groups called Recovery Circles which offer peer-to-peer support. They are facilitated by a staff person, trained community volunteer, or a long-term Member.
  • Volunteer opportunities allow Members to: learn the rewards of giving back, improve communication abilities, develop leadership skills, and learn to interact effectively and productively with staff, other Members, and outside volunteers who spend time at the Café sharing their gifts.
  • Education through the School for Recovery, a school available to Members and Volunteers featuring classes that address the underlying causes of addiction, teach coping skills, develop knowledge, and build recovery capital.
  • 12-step meetings are held in a dedicated space including Alcoholics Anonymous (Spanish and English), Narcotics Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous.
  • Referral Services. We partner with a wide network of complimentary service providers to help Members gain and maintain housing, healthcare, mental health services, legal assistance and a base of support as they navigate the complex social services system. Recovery Café doesn’t seek to duplicate services but rather be a place of stability so Members can access the services they need.

We provide support, resources and a community of care along the entire continuum of a person’s need for recovery assistance. Whether in crisis, newer to recovery, in long-term recovery, after a relapse, during a difficult life change, or mental health transition, the Café is there as a refuge of care with evidence-based addiction support and love. We teach people ways to manage mental health, maintain sobriety, and build community. We help each individual reclaim life as a person worthy of giving and receiving love.


Through our work, we prevent individuals from another potentially life-ending crisis, saving taxpayer money in emergency intervention to help them stabilize, and allowing mental health and addiction support professionals to focus on health maintenance and addiction prevention.

Learn more about our model.

Our Impact

Over the past ten years, the Café community has continued to refine and implement various means of providing services to build a program that leverages the best of peer and clinical support.


Today, our cohort of services synchs naturally with the new approach that Washington State Department of Behavioral Health has embraced during the last few years to create a more effective way to address chemical dependency issues: a Recovery Orientated System of Care (ROSC).

A ROSC meets people where they are on the recovery continuum, engages them for a lifetime of managing their disease, focuses holistically on a person’s needs, and empowers them to build a life that realizes their full potential. This person-centered system of care supports a person as she or he establishes a healthy life and recognizes that we all need a meaningful sense of membership and belonging in community. Recovery Café has been recognized by Washington State and King County experts as an excellent example of how a ROSC works.


Each year, our Members complete a self-report regarding the Café’s role in their drug and alcohol free time, impact of Café programming, and help (or lack thereof) Recovery Café provided in re-building and transforming their lives. Some highlights from our 2014 Member survey results show:

  • 84% report Recovery Café has increased the amount of hope in their lives, and 75% report that since being at the Café, they have become a better advocate for themselves. 
  • 70% report that the Café has helped prevent relapse. Of those who report having a relapse since coming to Recovery Café, 69% report that RC helped them maintain longer periods of drug-and alcohol-free time and 45% believe that RC has helped them get back on track more quickly. 
  • 53% report experiencing suicidal behavior before coming to the Café and 31% believe RC helped prevent suicidal behavior. Of those 55% of Members who reported visiting the ER before coming to RC, 31% report that their visits to the ER have decreased since coming to RC.